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What’s happening in Black Cincinnati in 2024

Cincinnati African American Events this year.  

Hip-hop, R&B, soul, Jazz, reggae, gospel, old school, and symphony live-music concerts happening in Cincinnati in 2024

Black composers, plays, museum exhibits, comedy shows, concert series, operas, dance recitals, local music, and festivals in Cincinnati.  

Black Cincinnatians can routinely and affordably enjoy the performing arts, fine arts, musicians, entertainers, comedians, program initiatives, and more. Arts and entertainment can help improve physical and mental health.

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2024 Cincinnati African American Events

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ArtsWave Flow Pass

Show Series Pass
Ongoing
Multiple Venues
An African American arts experience. The series features five unique, Black-centered events, including the African Modernism in America art exhibit, August Wilson’s “How I Learned What I Learned,” Mercurial Landscapes Evening of Dance, and the American Manifest by Charles Gaines.

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Ali Siddiq

Comedy Show
May 18, 7 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Ali’s unique stand-up style began behind the walls of incarceration, an incubator for engaging experiences and good stories.

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Bible Stories

Dance Performance
May 18 & 19
Artsville (Madisonville)
Renowned for their innovative approach to storytelling through dance, Revolution Dance Theatre brings a fresh perspective to familiar biblical accounts.

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African Modernism in America

Art Exhibit
Through May 19
Taft Museum of Art (Downtown)
African Modernism in America features more than 60 dynamic and vivid works of art created in Africa during the 1950s and ’60s.

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21 Savage

Rap Concert
May 22, 7 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center (Anderson)
21 Savage, the GRAMMY-winning, multi-platinum global superstar known for his distinctive flow, will perform with special guests J.I.D, Nardo Wick, and 21 Lil Harold.

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A Soulful Soiree Happy Hour Celebrating Whitfield Lovell: Passages

Happy Hour
May 23, 5:30
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams)
The Voice of Black Cincinnati presents a Whitfield Lovell: Passages Happy Hour at the Cincinnati Art Museum. Guests are warmly invited to partake in the free festivities. 

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Jon B

R&B Concert
May 24 & 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Jon B is a consummate artist, an accomplished musician, and a noted songwriter and producer with several gold and platinum records. 

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Don Was & The Pan Detroit Ensemble

Jazz Concert
May 25, 8 p.m.
Memorial Hall (OTR)
Made up of stellar jazz musicians from his Detroit hometown, The Pan-Detroit Ensemble will perform a mix of new originals, covers, and updated cuts from albums.

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Whitfield Lovell: Passages

Art Exhibit
Through May 26
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams)
Whitfield Lovell: Passages urges viewers to contemplate the ordinary lives and extraordinary journeys of the African American experience while raising universal questions about identity, memory, and America’s collective heritage.

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Parliament Funkadelic featuring George Clinton

Funk Concert
May 28, 8 p.m.
Andrew J Brady Music Center (The Banks)
Parliament Funkadelic is a legendary American funk music collective led by George Clinton, known for their innovative and influential contributions to funk music, combining funk, soul, R&B, and psychedelic rock elements.

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Ravi Coltrane featuring Gadi Lehavi and Ele Howell

Jazz Concert
June 2, 8 p.m.
Memorial Hall (OTR)
Ravi Coltrane is a critically acclaimed, Grammy-nominated saxophonist, bandleader, and composer.

Kabaka Pyramid

Kabaka Pyramid

Reggae Concert
June 5, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Kabaka Pyramid is a conscious revolutionary lyricist with a unique musical style, blending the power, energy, and melody of Reggae with the lyricism of Hip hop.

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Pride Block Party

Symphony Concert
June 6, 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
The ICON Festival Stage at Smale Park (The Banks)
Celebrate LGBTQIA+ Pride with the CSO! Enjoy local vendors and giveaways, food trucks, activities, and entertainment with Cincy Nice before a concert with the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra featuring classically trained opera singer Monét X Change of RuPaul’s Drag Race and the Cincinnati Men’s Chorus.

Kindred The Family Soul

Kindred the Family Soul

Contemporary Concert
June 7, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Kindred the Family Soul is an American neo-soul duo consisting of married couple Fatin Dantzler and Aja Graydon.

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Adam Hawley and Julian Vaughn

Jazz Concert
June 8, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Experience the musical talents of Adam Hawley and Julian Vaughn as they grace the stage at the Ludlow Garage.

On Freedom’s Doorstep: Black History in Cincinnati

History Celebration
June 9, 1 p.m.
Heritage Village Museum (Sharonville)
This event celebrates the lives and contributions of Black Cincinnatians from the city’s chartering through the end of World War I. Planned activities for On Freedom’s Doorstep: Black History in Cincinnati are as follows:

  • Interpreters portraying notable Black Cincinnatians during the 1800s and early 1900s
  • Fine and performing artists
  • Historical demonstrations
  • Children’s games and programming
  • A simulated underground railroad experience and representation of the Black Brigade
  • Storytelling by local historians
  • Local Black food and retail vendors
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Kota the Friend

Rap Concert
June 15, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Experience his unique blend of lyricism and charisma as he takes the stage for what promises to be an unforgettable night of music.

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Robert Glasper

Jazz Concert
June 20, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Experience an unforgettable evening filled with his innovative improvisations and captivating rhythms, promising a night of musical excellence and pure joy.

Better Together Conference

Conference
June 22, 9:30 a.m.
Cintas Center (Evanston)
Join From Fatherless to Fearless for a day of empowerment, connection, and celebration at the Better Together Conference. Mothers and daughters (regardless if they’re fatherless) will work on ways to be better together.

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Janet Jackson with Nelly

R&B Concert
June 22, 8 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center (Anderson)
Five-time GRAMMY Award-winning Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductee Janet Jackson will perform, featuring Nelly as her special guest.

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Bryson Tiller

R&B Concert
June 22, 8 p.m.
Andrew J Brady Music Center (The Banks)
Contemporary R&B and Hip-Hop Grammy-nominated artist Bryson Tiller announces the upcoming release of his eagerly awaited album and a tour.

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West End Block Party

Symphony Concert
June 23 at 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
Ezzard Charles Park (The West End)
Enjoy music and art activations, activities for all ages, and food trucks from local vendors. Check out a FREE cookout with various food options, plus a popcorn and cotton candy machine. The party is capped off with an outdoor concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Yussef Dayes

Jazz Concert
June 25, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Prepare to be transported on a musical journey as Dayes, a virtuoso drummer known for his mesmerizing improvisations and genre-blurring style, takes the stage. 

Related Article: Jazz Events and Venues in Black Cincinnati

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The Culture: Hip Hop and Contemporary Art in the 21st Century

Art Exhibition
June 28 – September 29
Cincinnati Art Museum (Mt Adams)
In celebration of hip hop’s remarkable, decades-long impact and influence on society, the Cincinnati Art Museum will host a multimedia exhibition showcasing more than 90 works of art by some of today’s most essential and celebrated artists.

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Buddy Guy

Blues Concert
June 29, 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Multi-Grammy Award-winning blues icon Buddy Guy celebrates his seventh Billboard #1 album; along with it, he bids farewell to extensive touring with the upcoming Damn Right Farewell Tour.

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Walter Beasley

Jazz Concert
July 13, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Acclaimed saxophonist Walter Beasley will take the stage, promising an evening filled with soulful grooves.

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Price Hill Block Party

Symphony Concert
July 14, 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
Dunham Recreation Center (West Price Hill)
Enjoy music and art activations, activities for all ages, and food trucks from local vendors. Check out a FREE cookout with various food options, plus a popcorn and cotton candy machine. The party is capped off with an outdoor concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Musiq Soulchild

R&B Concert
July 16-18, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Musiq Soulchild is a singer and songwriter whose style blends R&B, funk, blues, jazz, and gospel influences fused with hip-hop.

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North Avondale Block Party

Symphony Concert
July 19, 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
North Avondale Recreation Center Fields (North Avondale)
Enjoy music and art activations, activities for all ages, and food trucks from local vendors. Check out a FREE cookout with various food options, plus a popcorn and cotton candy machine. The party is capped off with an outdoor concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Earth, Wind & Fire and Chicago

Concert
July 19, 7:30 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center (Anderson)
Two of the most successful and critically acclaimed bands of all time have announced the return of their renowned co-headlining tour.

Woodlawn/Lincoln Heights Block Party

Woodlawn/Lincoln Heights Block Party

Symphony Concert
August 1, 6 p.m., concert 7:30 p.m.
Woodlawn Community Center (Woodlawn)
Enjoy music and art activations, activities for all ages, and food trucks from local vendors. Check out a FREE cookout with various food options, plus a popcorn and cotton candy machine. The party is capped off with an outdoor concert by the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

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Let the Trumpets Sound

Mainstage Chamber Performance
August 3, 6:45 p.m.
School for Creative and Performing Arts (OTR)
The world-famous ensemble Canadian Brass teams up with Summermusik for a program that weaves freely across musical genres.

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Four80East

Jazz Concert
August 9, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Experience the captivating sounds of Four80East, the dynamic electro-jazz duo hailing from Toronto.

BFR

Black Family Reunion

Festival
August 15 – August 18
Sawyer Point (Downtown)
A four-day celebration that includes consumers, corporations, and communities and focuses on the historic strengths and values of the Black Family. Cincinnati is the only city that continues this tradition of honoring Black families.

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Gerald Albright

Jazz Concert
August 16, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Known for his dynamic stage presence and masterful blend of contemporary jazz, R&B, and soul, Albright promises an unforgettable evening of music.

Many Colors of India

Many Colors of India

Mainstage Chamber Performance
August 17, 6:45 p.m.
School for Creative and Performing Arts (OTR)
Eastern classical music and Western classical music related to India’s history meet in this collaboration with members of the Indian community.

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Bach Meets Bollywood

A Little Afternoon Musik Chamber Performance
August 18, 4 p.m.
Cincinnati Hills Christian Academy Lindner Theatre (Highpoint)
Explore the connection of Indian ragas to the music of Bach and Beethoven with music from Mumbai’s Hindi cinema, or ‘Bollywood,’ works by local composer Kanniks Kannikeswaran, and arrangements of traditional Indian music by Vidita Kanniks.

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Great American Songbook Revue

Chamber Crawl Performance
August 21, 7:30 p.m.
828 The Turn (Newport)
Jazz vocalist Mandy Gaines will perform sets from The Great American Songbook with a string quartet and rhythm section.

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Sierra Green & the Giants

Blues Concert
September 11, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Emerging as a vibrant musical force from the bustling streets of New Orleans, Sierra Green embodies a fusion of timeless soul with an irresistible contemporary allure, evoking the depth and grit of the genre’s raw essence.

Esperanza Spalding

Esperanza Spalding

Jazz Concert
September 13, 8 p.m.
Taft Theatre (Downtown)
Renowned jazz artist Esperanza Spalding has a unique blend of jazz and soul that guarantees an unforgettable evening of music.

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Jerome Collins

Motown and R&B Concert
September 14, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Rewind: A Journey to Motown and Beyond is a captivating solo performance featuring the talented Jerome Collins of the famed a cappella group Straight No Chaser.

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The Marley Brothers

Reggae Concert
September 18, 7:30 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center (Anderson)
The Marley Brothers will honor their father’s worldwide impact by performing both individual hits and classic Bob Marley songs.

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Pitbull with T-Pain

Rap Concert
September 19, 8 p.m.
Riverbend Music Center (Anderson)
Global superstar Pitbull has announced his Party After Dark Tour with special guest T-Pain. Mr. Worldwide is set to deliver another incredibly dynamic tour with an electrifying mix of his biggest career-spanning hits of instantly recognizable smashes and surprises.

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Jessy J

Jazz Concert
September 27, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Tapping into the vibrant soul and blues energies of the ’60s and ’70s, Jessy created an album full of James Brownesque drums and tasty/bluesy Ray Charles organ licks showcasing some of her most passionate and robust tenor playing ever.

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Marion Meadows

Jazz Concert
November 29, 7:30 p.m.
The Ludlow Garage (Clifton)
Prepare to be transported by Meadows’ signature blend of sultry melodies and infectious grooves, promising an evening of musical bliss. Don’t miss the chance to witness this jazz luminary live in concert.

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2025 Cincinnati African American Events

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Jaja’s African Hair Braiding

Play
May 31 – June 22
Ensemble Theatre (OTR)
Jaja’s bustling hair braiding shop in Harlem is where a lively and eclectic group of West African immigrant hair braiders create masterpieces for the heads of neighborhood women every day. This tight-knit community is forced to confront what it means to be an outsider on the edge of the place they call home.

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Cincinnatians can enjoy music nearly every night of the week. Visit our weekly list of things to do to see which arts centers, concert halls, auditoriums, and venues offer chamber, classical, philharmonic, orchestral, choral, folk, R&B, hip-hop, soul, or gospel music.

Cincinnati is also extremely fortunate that nationally known artists display their talents in the Queen City music scene. Touring acclaimed African American artists, artistic directors, singers, music directors, and performers routinely visit.

See African American instrumentalists play the violin concerto, cello, clarinet, piano, drums, and saxophone. Local symphony orchestras, string quartets, trios, duos, and soloists often perform music from Mozart, Brahms, and Mahler.

When purchasing tickets, ask the box office about exclusive deals, discount options, community performances, dress rehearsals, recitals, or same-day options. Some events will sell out quickly, so buy tickets while you can.

Written by: Crystal Kendrick

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